Kiggundu Blasts Ntungamo Violence; Releases Voters’ Register

The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-fourth Special Session on the human rights situation in Burundi on Thursday, link December 17, 2015.

87 people were killed; 79 “enemies” and eight soldiers, according to Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, during and after coordinated assaults on three military installations early on Friday.

According to reports from UN, at least 240 people have been killed since April in the capital and about 215,000 others have fled.

The request for the Special Session, supported by 43 States, was delivered by the United States on Friday.

In order for a Special Session to be convened, the support of one-third of the Council – 16 or more – is required.

According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this request was thus far supported by 18 States Members of the Council which include Albania, Argentina, El Salvador, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Portugal, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.

The request was also supported by observer States of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary,  Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,  Monaco,  Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Electoral Commission (EC) boss Eng badru Kiggundu has condemned in the strongest terms acts of violence that marred Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s campaign trail in Ntungamo on Sunday. Kiggundu said he had, approved basing on images shown in print and electronic media, “asked Uganda Police Force to investigate this incident and furnish us with their findings.”

Kiggundu made the remarks at a press conference in Kampala on Monday.

Stick-weilding men from Mbabazi’s campaign team were caught on camera clobbering President Museveni’s supporters who were holding the latter’s posters from the roadside.

Mbabazi later described NRM supporters’ actions as provocative. He warned that NRM should recall that “this is a real competition.”

Police publicist Fred Enanga on Monday said Gen Kale Kayihura had rushed to Ntungamo to probe the matter and that two suspects were in custody to help investigations.

Kiggundu today said, “Even as the Commission waits for the report on this incident, we wish to reiterate our utter condemnation of acts of violence during the electoral process.”

He added: “We urge candidates to prevail upon their supporters and agents to desist from any actions that may lead to disruption of public order and to always use peaceful means to express their views.”

Kiggundu called for a tolerant approach to political debate “so that we have peaceful, free and fair elections.”

On procurement of ballot papers, EC secretary Sam Rwakoojo said the process was transparent despite rival firms’ claim that the winner lacks experience.

“It’s nothing to do with the bidding process,” said Rwakoojo. He said an administrative review did not find any truth in allegations of irregularities.


Meanwhile, Kiggundu released the national voters’ register bearing names of all the 15,277,196 registered voters arranged alphabetically by surname at each of the 28, 010 polling stations.

Kiggundu said the constituency voters’ register is also available for political parties/candidates on application through the Secretary and payment of relevant fees.

He also denied accusations of being controlled by Mbabazi as alleged in the media, saying, “Nobody controls this EC. We shall continue making our independent decisions.”

Regarding requirements of voting in the 2016 elections, Kiggundu said, “All those whose particulars appear on voters’ register are eligible to vote at polling stations where they are registered to vote from with or without a national Identity card.

He said EC has already issued soft copies of national voters’ register to presidential candidates as provided for in section 18[A] of the Elections Commission Act cap 140.

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